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LARP, dance, fight clubs added to registered organization roster

Groups aim to teach, relax students

By Patrick Fleming
On April 27, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Harry Briggs, co-founder of MACE, fights off Anton Zemlock while Hans Madsen, president of MACE, fights behind them. Briggs and Madsen are former members of the Marines.

Since the fall of 2016, ASU has seen a multitude of new groups, each with their own goals and sets of activities.

This includes the Rams Live Action Role Play, L.A.R.P. Club.

President, Isaac Staton, junior, said the L.A.R.P. Club is meant to supply students with a way of relaxing by roleplaying scenarios which include fighting dragons and sailing the sea among pirates.

Another added organization is the Angelo State Ballroom Dance Club, a club where students can learn how to dance.

"I felt that San Angelo didn’t have enough to offer students, so I wanted to try and fix it the best I could," Andrew Russell, the founder and current president of the club, said. "[My favorite part is] getting to teach new people moves and dances and watching when it clicks for them."

There is also the Medieval Armored Combat Experience Club, or MACE Club, which is dedicated to the sport of old fighting styles as well as studying how armor and equipment was made. Basically giving the students an idea of what it is like to be a knight, the MACE Club is both recreational and educational.

"The sport is very new to the U.S., despite being seven centuries old, and I wanted to share my passion for Medieval fighting with students who may also get something unique and wonderful out of it," Hans Madsen, freshman and club president, said. "Students seem interested, but the challenge for us is making it stand apart from other groups."

Volunteer organizations also stepped up to the Registered Student Organizations list this academic year.

One of these organizations is the ASU Student Chapter of Active Minds, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the realities of mental health.

Those in it are also dedicated to giving students a support group for any mental illnesses they may have.

"I know so many people who suffer from mental health issues yet feel embarrassed to talk about it or reach out for help," Rosalyn Hollingsworth, founder, president and junior, said. "I hoped that creating an organization like Active Minds would help more students realize that they are not alone."

Due to being approved recently this semester, the Active Minds group has not had many activities yet, but Hollingsworth intends for there to be many projects that the group will work on in the fall.

There is also the ASU Chapter of Give More HUGS, an organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged students receive a love for reading and learning by hosting fundraisers and engaging in several projects each semester.

All of these organizations are all open for new members to join. Students can look them up on the ASU site and find them under Student Organizations.

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